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Doris Gawlik Saner of Red Oak, previously of Mission, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2012.
Doris was instantly loved by everyone who met her. She was a wonderful, caring, beautiful woman who enjoyed life to the fullest, and her presence blessed many lives. Doris graduated from Mission High School in 1957. She began her career at Commercial Credit Corporation in 1958, where she met her husband, James. They were married on Sept. 4, 1959. During her tenure at CCC, Doris also made many lifelong friendships. Doris will be remembered for being an excellent homemaker, seamstress, and enjoying any type of arts and crafts. She and her husband Jim enjoyed countless hours of refinishing and reupholstering furniture. She enjoyed clipping coupons and challenging anyone to save more than she could. She was also an avid sports fan, especially of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks.
Doris was a devout Catholic. Most admirable was her faith and devotion to some of her favorite prayers, especially the prayer of St. Francis which helped in her most difficult times with her illness. She was truly a child of God. Her poised persona and kindness to others were always present, even when she was in pain. The kindness in her eyes is an image that will remain in our memories forever. Her undivided attention to others, her wit and sense of humor were always highlights of visiting with her. She was in inspiration to all. Even as her own condition declined over the years, her love and attention to her children and grandchildren was her constant focus. Each child and grandchild was special, appreciated and loved.
Doris is survived by her husband James of 53 years; son, Gregg A. Saner; daughters, Michelle Weisfeld (Ronald), Lisa Parrish (Ray), and Cindy Saner McCann; brothers, Robert Gawlik and John Gawlik (Nidia). She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, J.R. Saner (Becky), C.J. Saner (Amanda), Jacob and Emily Weisfeld; Allison, Jared and Madison Parrish; Olivia, Grant and Gavin McCann; great-grandchildren, Emrie, Lily, Chloe and Kaylee Saner; as well as numerous dear cousins and friend, Kay Smith.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Alice Gawlik; her sisters, Marjorie Brewer, Mary Kleinhans, and Carol Davenport; and sister in law, Dominique Gawlik.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 6 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 1108 W. Hackberry Ave. in McAllen. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7at St. Paul’s Catholic Church 1119 Francisco Street, followed by interment at Valley Memorial Gardens, both in Mission.
The family would like to thank Dr. Rainer Khetan and also Stephanie Martinez for their devoted and loving care of Doris.
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